Pakatan hits out at government for ‘irresponsible’ and ‘drastic’ removal of subsidies

Dateline 2014-10-21, Malay Mail Online:

Opposition leaders have hit out at the rolling back of subsidies on RON95 fuel and diesel as “irresponsible” and “too drastic”.

PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli said that for decades Malaysia has been able to share part of its oil wealth with its citizens through a system of subsidised fuel, adding that part of the oil wealth flowed to the people directly and that they did not have to wait for the government to make allocations.

“The issue of petrol and diesel subsidies in this country should not be to the decided by whether the subsidies are good or bad for the economy.

“The bigger principle is whether the wealth from oil and gas found in this country is shared with the people, and not just spent arbitrarily by the government.

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